Chido Muchemwa

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Chido Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean writer. Her work has appeared in Lolwe, Augur, Catapult, Baltimore Review, and Bacopa Literary Review, amongst other places. She has been shortlisted twice for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and placed 2nd in the Humber Literary Review’s 2020 Emerging Writers Fiction Contest and in the 2022 Prism International Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at the University of Wyoming.

Her book project, Enough, is a work of historical fiction that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl named Zanele. Set against the backdrop of the 2nd Chimurenga War in Zimbabwe, the story explores the day-to-day lives of ordinary villagers in the midst of conflict. The setting up of a guerrilla base near her village brings a new notoriety as a chimbwido to the previously overlooked Zanele, but she soon finds herself playing a dangerous game where she is lying to both her family and her fellow collaborators to help a deserter in hiding.


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